President Obama’s controversial green jobs czar –a self-described “rowdy black nationalist” and “communist”– is a co-founder of the same unsavory left-wing pressure group that is urging an advertiser boycott of Glenn Beck’s TV show after Beck did several unflattering news packages on the czar. Not surprisingly, Big Media haven’t noticed the connection.
The czar in question is Van Jones, a founding board member of Color of Change, an extremist racial grievance group that tries to stir up racial antagonism in order to promote a socialist agenda.
As Jeff Poor noted here at NewsBusters, Color of Change isn’t happy that Beck did several news packages on Jones in which he threw a spotlight on the radical views that Jones apparently still holds. And as Sam Theodosopoulos wrote on this blog, a World Net Daily article titled “Will a “red” help blacks go green?” Jones said his environmental activism was a way to fight for racial and class “justice.” Jones was also “a founder and leader of the communist revolutionary organization Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM,” WND reported. (Green really is the new red.)
The race-baiting conspiracy theorists of Color of Change appear to be enjoying some success in their campaign to convince advertisers to boycott the “Glenn Beck Program,” which airs at 5 p.m. Eastern time on Fox News Channel weekdays.
The group’s co-founder James Rucker gloats in an op-ed at the Huffington Post that Progressive Insurance and several other advertisershave dropped Beck’s show since Color of Change started promoting a boycott. Of course it’s not all that surprising that Progressive Insurance dropped Beck. After all, the company was founded by left-wing philanthropist Peter B. Lewis.
Rucker is a former MoveOn.org organizer. He is also a co-founder of the Secretary of State Project, the group that helped to elect Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. Ritchie, a former community organizer who has worked hand in hand with ACORN, helped set the stage for Sen. Al Franken (D-ACORN) to steal the 2008 Senate election in Minnesota.
Now that Van Jones is in the news all the time, Color of Change doesn’t want you to know he helped start the group. Maybe having an avowed America-hating totalitarian radical on the group’s board is bad public relations.